MPD Meets with Housing Residents

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Residents of the Highway Village spoke with Meridian Police Monday. They expressed their desire for stronger security around their neighborhood. Officers assured them, they are watching their community closely.

"Well, any time in the housing authority we have liaison officers that are assigned. We have two full time officers that are assigned to housing authority," said Capt. Jeff Lewis.

The Meridian Housing Authority is also taking measures to ensure safety.

"Some of the complaints that we see from some of our residents is that they would like to see enhanced quality lighting at night," said executive director Ron Turner. "We've adhered to that. We've included that in our five year plan."

Officials from the Meridian Police Department and the Meridian Housing Authority say individuals also have to take responsibility for their own safety. They are encouraging everyone to report any suspicious activity.

"Well anytime in a situation like this, you want people to be your eyes and ears," said Lewis. "That's one of the most important things that we can have is extra eyes and ears out here to see the crimes that we're not able to see all of the time because we are limited on patrol."

MPD officials say they want residents to report criminal activity.

The MHA also has a resident ban list. It's a list of individuals who have come onto MHA property and committed criminal acts. Residents are encouraged to keep a look out for those people.

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  • by ed on Nov 19, 2009 at 05:33 PM
    Ok well here it is one the other mayor did nothing for anyone in the city time has shown all he has done is use the city for his own resume the old police chief in all honesty what did he do... even less and little control over his own men... crime went how long confronted or unsolved unless someone tripped over it? Now this new mayor and cheif are in and you yip nothing isnt done fast enough fact is they left a mess and it takes time to clean it up and deal with what the others left it behind. You live in these areas then you also have the power to handle this take control of your area help is needed not complaints what others are not doing what is also your responsible for.
  • by Amazed Location: Meridian on Nov 18, 2009 at 08:13 AM
    If MPD had unlimited manpower and resources it would be different, but they don't. They have an entire city to cover that is now even bigger thanks to the annexation JRS pulled off. These officers don't have time to babysit a bunch of thugs with no home training. Meridian has the largest number of housing projects of any city in the state. What we need to do is bulldoze all but a few and let the entitlement-mentality thugs go find somewhere else to live.
  • by AreYouKiddinMe on Nov 17, 2009 at 03:37 PM
    It just gets my gizzles when MPD actually knows where the drug areas are but they arent constantly in these areas. It gets my jiblets going when these housing authority managers do not have unannounced inspections. It gets my jiblets going when the director or whoever it was who said, "im proud that we're making progress by REPORTING"......ARE YOU KIDDIN ME?? REPORTING?......What good is reporting when the issues are not being RESOLVED? There has to be SOLUTIONS to go along with those REPORTINGS.......COME ON MAN
  • by Joe Location: Meridian on Nov 17, 2009 at 07:21 AM
    That's great now the drug dealers in that complex need protection. If the police would stand at Advance Auto they could see all the drug activity going in the first couple of buildings....It's pathetic.
  • by AreYouKiddinMe on Nov 16, 2009 at 11:41 PM
    The new "chief" only went out the Hwy Village because he hopes to win a popularity contest. Come on, why'd it have to take something such as a murder for the "chief" and HIS crew to come out to Hwy Village?.....You have GOT to be kiddin me. Before all of this happened I bet the "chief" knew absolutely NOTHING about Hwy Village and Im pretty sure he definitely doesnt know anything about the OTHER housing projects......As far as the 'housing authority police' is concerned, all they ever do ride around the complex one time and then they are gone.....So much for interaction and security!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 at 03:33 PM
    Does the police department still have the housing authority police? I know they used to have an officer or two directly assigned to the housing project. Probably need more than one or two since a LARGE percentage of Meridian's population lives in public housing.
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